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ONLINE PAPER PUBLISHING - Volume 4 - Issue 1, April 2018 Edition

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AN ANALYSIS OF CONSUMER PREFERENCES OF SWEET ORANGE ATTRIBUTES IN KANO STATE, NIGERIA

Authors: ASHIKO F.T.G., ATAGHER M.M., YONGU M.V.

Abstracts: Hedonic pricing analysis is conducted to determine the implicit values of various attributes in the market value of a good. In this study, hedonic pricing analysis was applied to measure the contribution of fruit quality attributes to the price of sweet oranges in two major fruit markets: 'yan lemo' and 'yan kaba' in Kano. Weekly data on citrus prices, fruit weight, skin colour, skin texture, and diameter of fruit were collected from five accredited vendors using the common local unit of measurement. Results indicate that fruit peel colour and the type of unit of sale were statistically significant at 5% and positive. Consequently, the sale of greenish-yellow fruits over green and yellow colours in rubber baskets is recommended in order meet consumer preference.

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Pages: 18-24

Cite this Article: ASHIKO F.T.G., ATAGHER M.M., YONGU M.V. , "AN ANALYSIS OF CONSUMER PREFERENCES OF SWEET ORANGE ATTRIBUTES IN KANO STATE, NIGERIA", Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Science (JAEES), http://www.JAEES.org/online-papers-publishing/May2019, Volume 4 - Issue 2, May 2018 Edition, 18-24 #JAEES


ANALYSIS OF INFORMATION-SEEKING BEHAVIOR OF FADAMA III ORGANIC VEGETABLE FARMERS IN AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA

Authors: ETUK U.R., AKPABIO I.A., INYANG E.J.

Abstracts: The study analyzed information-seeking behavior of Fadama III organic vegetable farmers in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Multi-stage sampling procedure was adopted to select 145 Fadama vegetable farmers. Sets of questionnaire were used to obtained data from the respondents for the study. Data obtained were analyzed using frequency distribution, percentage, means and factor analysis. The results of the study show that Family members/relatives (x = 2.81); Neighbours (x = 2 .79) and Extension Agents (x = 2.75 ) were the major sources of information on organic farming in the study area. The respondents’ dominant behaviour towards information seeking involved consulting knowledgeable farmers (x = 3.5 3); friends, neighbors and relatives ( = 3.43) and; extension officers (x= 3 .42 ) with 44% (53) of the respondents had high information seeking behaviour profile, Thirteen percent (16) of the respondents had moderate information seeking behaviour profile while the information seeking behaviour of 43% (51) of the respondents was low. Through the application of factor analysis, five factors (personal, time-related, economic, extension and social factors) were derived which altogether accounted for 80.6% of the total variance were regarded as composite indicators defining the factors affecting the information seeking behaviour of respondents in the study area. The study recommended that since most of farmers obtained information on organic farming from knowledgeable farmers, effort should be intensified in the training of contact farmers on organic farming which will enhance more information dissemination to farmers.

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Pages: 33-40

Cite this Article: ETUK U.R., AKPABIO I.A., INYANG E.J. , "ANALYSIS OF INFORMATION-SEEKING BEHAVIOR OF FADAMA III ORGANIC VEGETABLE FARMERS IN AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA", Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Science (JAEES), http://www.JAEES.org/online-papers-publishing/Apr2018, Volume 3 - Issue 1, April 2018 Edition, 33-40 #JAEES


ANALYSIS OF PERCEIVED EFFECTS OF AGRICULTURAL INFORMATION DISSEMINATION ON CASSAVA PRODUCTION BY FARMERS IN MAKURDI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF BENUE STATE, NIGERIA

Authors: JIRIKO, R.K.

Abstracts: The study assessed perceived effects of agricultural information dissemination on cassava production by farmers in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State. Simple random sampling technique was used to select 120 respondents from six (6) council wards in the study area. A well-structured questionnaire was used for data collection. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics such as mean score, frequency, percentage and standard deviation. Radio ranked 1st as the major source of agricultural information to farmers (M=3.38). The perceived effects include increase in knowledge (M=3.33), increase in annual income (M=3.23), production, processing and marketing techniques (M=2.88). Finally, most of the respondents agreed that inadequate capital (2.62), inadequate extension agents (M=2.55), low access to right innovation information and production technique (M=2.48), poor transportation facilities (M=2.08) inadequate modern information system (M=2.45), poor infrastructural base, and low level of education (M=2.08), among others were major challenges to effective access to agricultural information. It was recommended that radio among other channels for agricultural information dissemination should be used since it was found to be the preferred agricultural information dissemination channel used by cassava farmers.

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Pages: 80-88

Cite this Article: JIRIKO, R.K. , "ANALYSIS OF PERCEIVED EFFECTS OF AGRICULTURAL INFORMATION DISSEMINATION ON CASSAVA PRODUCTION BY FARMERS IN MAKURDI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF BENUE STATE, NIGERIA", Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Science (JAEES), http://www.JAEES.org/online-papers-publishing/Apr2018, Volume 3 - Issue 1, April 2018 Edition, 80-88 #JAEES


ANALYSIS OF YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITIES AS A PANACEA TO RESTIVENESS IN WARRI-SOUTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF DELTA STATE, NIGERIA.

Authors: ONOH P.A., AGOMUO C.I., ECHETEMA J.A., UGWOKE F.O., ONOH A.L. NNOLUM C.F.

Abstracts: This study analysed the participation of youth in agricultural activities, as a panacea to restiveness in Warri-South LGA of Delta State, Nigeria. A multi-stage sampling procedure was used to select 160 respondents. Primary data were collected from the respondents through the use of structured questionnaire and were analysed using both descriptive and inferential statistics. The results showed that youth participated in a wide range of agricultural activities such as fishing (17.06%), land preparation (12.32%), cultural practices (11.14%), planting (9.24%), harvesting (6.17%), marketing (12.09%), transportation (9.95%). Majority of them (86.25%) belonged to one social organization or the other. The mean age of the respondents was 31 years, majority (51.25%) were males. There was high degree of literacy among them. Also, no significant relationship existed between their level of participation in agricultural activities and age (p > 0.05) and farm size (p > 0.05). The respondents perceived unstable government policies (98.75%), land tenure system (91.25%), lack of capital (86.25%) and inadequate transportation system (88.75%), as the major constraints militating against their participation in agricultural activities. The effect of youth restiveness in the area included breakdown of law and order (3.89), disruption in educational system (3.86), destruction of basic amenities (3.23). It was recommended that youths should be given the right incentives by government to intensify their involvement in agricultural activities. Also, social amenities should be provided in the rural areas to encourage the youths to stay back and practice full-time farming

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Pages: 146-155

Cite this Article: ONOH P.A., AGOMUO C.I., ECHETEMA J.A., UGWOKE F.O., ONOH A.L. NNOLUM C.F. , "ANALYSIS OF YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITIES AS A PANACEA TO RESTIVENESS IN WARRI-SOUTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF DELTA STATE, NIGERIA.", Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Science (JAEES), http://www.JAEES.org/online-papers-publishing/Apr2018, Volume 3 - Issue 1, April 2018 Edition, 146-155 #JAEES


ASSESSMENT OF FUNCTIONING FISHING COMMUNITIES AND ACTIVITIES IN OGUN WATER-SIDE, SOUTHWEST NIGERIA

Authors: IPADEOLA M.B., EWEBIYI I.O., AKEGBEJO-SAMSONS

Abstracts: This study was undertaken in order to assess fishing communities that are actively involved in fishing in Ogun Waterside, Southwest Nigeria. Reconnaissance survey of the sixty–two fishing villages was carried out for one month to determine their functionality. A semi structured questionnaire and interview guide were used to collect data on the types of fishing gears and crafts employed in fishing and fish species composition of fishermen catch. Data collected were presented in percentages. Out of the 62 communities, result showed that only ten communities were active in fishing activities. These are Iwopin, Makun, Imeki, Mosafejo, Abagbore, Olojumeta, Ebute Oni, Pipeline, Origbe and Isifi. Three types of gears namely cast net, traps and hooks and line were commonly used. Cast net (29.41%) was the most predominant used gear in all the fishing communities especially in Iwopin, Makun and Imeki. Traps were least used. Results also revealed that dugout canoes (100%) were the commonly used crafts for fishing. However, outboard engines were only used at Iwopin (10 %) as an alternative to dugout canoes. Tilapia zillii is the predominant fish species caught, except in Makun where Gymnarchus niloticus was caught in abundance. The seasonality of fishing activities from January to December in the 10 fishing communities showed that fishermen fished actively at Iwopin, Makun, Imeki, Mosafejo, Abagbore and Olojumeta, and less active at Ebute Oni, Pipeline, Origbe and Isifi throughout the year. The study concludes that artisanal fisheries activities are declining are in Ogun Water Side as there is a shift of interest to other livelihoods among the fishing communities. There is need for adequate governance participation, encouragement and monitoring to maximize fisheries production in the fishing communities.

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Pages: 41-50

Cite this Article: IPADEOLA M.B., EWEBIYI I.O., AKEGBEJO-SAMSONS , "ASSESSMENT OF FUNCTIONING FISHING COMMUNITIES AND ACTIVITIES IN OGUN WATER-SIDE, SOUTHWEST NIGERIA", Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Science (JAEES), http://www.JAEES.org/online-papers-publishing/Apr2018, Volume 3 - Issue 1, April 2018 Edition, 41-50 #JAEES


ASSESSMENT OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF GROWTH ENHANCEMENT SUPPORT SCHEME (GESS) AMONG RURAL FARMERS IN ABIA STATE, NIGERIA

Authors: UMEH UDODIRIM, APU U., ONU SAMSON EJIKE

Abstracts: This study assessed the effectiveness of Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GESS) among rural farmers in Abia State, Nigeria. Multi-stage sampling procedure was used in selecting 96 respondents for the study. Data for the study were collected using structured questionnaire and focused group discussion (FGD). Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Major results showed that all the respondents in the study area were aware of GESS. Furthermore, the respondents acknowledged the quality of seeds/fertilizer (89.6%), knew method of registration (82.3%), had detailed knowledge of the scheme (81.2%), had mobile information on GESS (76.0%), and made further enquiries (70.8%). The result revealed grand mean of 2.69 in the study area indicating that the farmers perceived that GESS was generally effective in the study area. Furthermore, GESS farmers in the study area perceived that input acquisition (X=2.84), quality of inputs acquired (X=2.76), affordability of products (X=2.63), and access to inputs (X=2.76) were effective. The study concluded that base on timely distribution of inputs, availability of inputs, affordability, quantity and quality of inputs, accessibility and acquisition of inputs, GESS was effective in Abia State. It was therefore recommended that extension agents should visit registered GESS farmers more frequently in the study area. This will ensure proper dissemination information on the programme and encourage more participation in the programme.

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Pages: 156-167

Cite this Article: UMEH UDODIRIM, APU U., ONU SAMSON EJIKE , "ASSESSMENT OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF GROWTH ENHANCEMENT SUPPORT SCHEME (GESS) AMONG RURAL FARMERS IN ABIA STATE, NIGERIA", Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Science (JAEES), http://www.JAEES.org/online-papers-publishing/Apr2018, Volume 3 - Issue 1, April 2018 Edition, 156-167 #JAEES


COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE PROFITABILITY OF LOCAL STORAGE SYSTEMS FOR ROOT AND TUBER CROPS IN BENUE STATE, NIGERIA.

Authors: IHEANACHO A.C., OKEKE A.M., TOR I.E.

Abstracts: A comparative analysis of the profitability of local storage systems for root and tuber crops in Benue State of Nigeria was investigated. The specific objective was to determine and compare the profitability and effectiveness of the local storage systems. Data were collected from 288 root and tuber crop producers in eight Local Government Areas and 32 wards, using a multi-stage sampling technique. Structured questionnaire was used to collect the data. Data collected were analysed using ANOVA and budgetary techniques. The findings reveal that barn, delayed harvesting techniques, and perforated carton have the highest return on storage investment per kg for yam, cassava, and sweet potato respectively. The results further show that sweet potatoes, yam, and cassava have a longer shelf life when stored in storage house structure, conical protective roof and barns, heaps and water techniques respectively. It was recommended that workshops aimed at educating root and tuber producers on the most effective storage techniques be encouraged as well as intensification of research to improve already existing root and tuber crops storage techniques.

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Pages: 111-118

Cite this Article: IHEANACHO A.C., OKEKE A.M., TOR I.E. , "COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE PROFITABILITY OF LOCAL STORAGE SYSTEMS FOR ROOT AND TUBER CROPS IN BENUE STATE, NIGERIA.", Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Science (JAEES), http://www.JAEES.org/online-papers-publishing/Apr2018, Volume 3 - Issue 1, April 2018 Edition, 111-118 #JAEES


DETERMINATION OF ADOPTION RATE OF ELECTRONIC WALLET SYSTEM BY RICE FARMERS IN BENUE AND TARABA STATES, NIGERIA

Authors: GYATA B.A, OBINNE C.P.O., ANONGUKU I.

Abstracts: A survey was conducted in Benue and Taraba States, Nigeria, to determine the adoption rate of electronic wallet system by rice farmers. The population of this study consisted of all rice farmers who adopted electronic wallet system for the purpose of accessing farm inputs in the study area. A sample size of 325 respondents was selected using purposive, snow ball, stratified and simple random sampling techniques. However, 311 copies of questionnaire were retrieved and analyzed. Data for this study were collected mainly from primary source, through the use of a well-structured questionnaire along-side interview technique. The result shows that 73.63% of the respondents were males. The respondents had a mean age of 44.12 years. Over 66.88% of the respondents did not have extension contact and only 30.23% had access to credit. The highest (63.93%) number of adopters of electronic wallet system in Benue State was in 2013, while 44.44% adopted electronic wallet system in 2013 in Taraba State. Result of binary logistic regression shows that some factors were found to exert a significant influence on the rate of adoption of electronic wallet system. It was concluded that socio- economic characteristics generally have influence on the adoption of electronic wallet system. The study recommended that more awareness should be created on the use that electronic wallet system in accessing farm inputs by famers. This will further enhance the adoption of the system.

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Pages: 51-62

Cite this Article: GYATA B.A, OBINNE C.P.O., ANONGUKU I. , "DETERMINATION OF ADOPTION RATE OF ELECTRONIC WALLET SYSTEM BY RICE FARMERS IN BENUE AND TARABA STATES, NIGERIA", Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Science (JAEES), http://www.JAEES.org/online-papers-publishing/Apr2018, Volume 3 - Issue 1, April 2018 Edition, 51-62 #JAEES


DISSEMINATION OF AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME TECHNOLOGIES BY EXTENSION AGENTS IN RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA

Authors: EMEKA IDIBIA, APU U., ONU SAMSON EJIKE

Abstracts: This study evaluated Agricultural Development Programme technology dissemination to farmers in Rivers State, Nigeria. Multi-stage sampling techniques were used to select a sample size of 120 RISADEP farmers from zones 1 and 3 of RISADEP for the study. Primary data were collected using questionnaire/structured interview and analysed using frequency, percentage and mean scores. The study revealed that a majority of the farmers were aware of most of RISADEP technologies such as yam minisetts, improved cassava varieties, goat/sheep confinement, dry season vegetable production, etc It further revealed that the implementation of extension approaches such as farm visits/supervision, farmers training, organisation of workshops/farm show etc by RISADEP was, to a large extent, with grand mean score of 3.10 though more work is expected to be done on establishment of Management Training Plots (MTPs) and few others. The extent of technology dissemination was revealed to be high with grand mean score. It is, therefore, recommended that extension staff should endeavour to create more awareness and improve on dissemination of fish gear maintenance, snail farming and artificial brooding of local chicks since Rivers State terrain favours fish and livestock farming

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Pages: 25-32

Cite this Article: EMEKA IDIBIA, APU U., ONU SAMSON EJIKE , "DISSEMINATION OF AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME TECHNOLOGIES BY EXTENSION AGENTS IN RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA", Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Science (JAEES), http://www.JAEES.org/online-papers-publishing/Apr2018, Volume 3 - Issue 1, April 2018 Edition, 25-32 #JAEES


ENHANCING CAPABILITIES OF SMALLHOLDER RUBBER FARMERS THROUGH AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION IN EDO STATE, NIGERIA

Authors: MUSA E., IMARHIAGBE O., MUSA S.O.

Abstracts: The study was conducted to examine the impact of extension activities and trainings received by smallholder rubber farmers in predominant rubber growing areas of Edo State. Multistage random sampling procedure was adopted to select 160 rubber farmers for the study and data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results reveal that 30.0% of the rubber farmers were between the ages of 51-55 years old. All the respondents were literate and had one form of formal education or the other. Majority of the respondents (86.0%) indicated that they have had contact with extension agents either from Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria or Michelin. Results indicate that all the respondents expressed interest in all the technologies with budding (13.6%) and intercropping (13.3%) techniques recording the highest turn up of the respondents. Results indicated also that the trainings received had greatly enhanced the capabilities of the smallholder rubber farmers. It therefore recommended that there should be a collaborative effort in the funding of agricultural research by Government, Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and users of research results to organize regular trainings and workshops on natural rubber.

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Pages: 89-96

Cite this Article: MUSA E., IMARHIAGBE O., MUSA S.O. , "ENHANCING CAPABILITIES OF SMALLHOLDER RUBBER FARMERS THROUGH AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION IN EDO STATE, NIGERIA", Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Science (JAEES), http://www.JAEES.org/online-papers-publishing/Apr2018, Volume 3 - Issue 1, April 2018 Edition, 89-96 #JAEES


GENDER ROLES AMONG CASSAVA PRODUCING RURAL HOUSEHOLDS UNDER GROWTH ENHANCEMENT SUPPORT SCHEME (GESS) IN BENUE STATE, NIGERIA

Authors: ABOAJAH F.N., EJECHI M.E., ADEYONGU S.K., VIASHIMA S.S, MUOGBO B.C.

Abstracts: The study investigated the gender roles among rural households involved in cassava production under Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GESS) in Benue State. Data were collected from 180 GESS farmers randomly selected from Otukpo, Makurdi and Katisna Ala Local Government Areas of Benue State and interviewed using structured interview schedule. Results of the study showed that adult male played a dominant role in cassava production in the study area. Major source of information available to the farmers were fellow farmers (93.75%), farmers' children (68.75%and veterinary doctors/officers (51.25%) The study concluded that cassava production is male-dominated and recommended that extension services of public and private institutions to be directed to this group of farmers in order to improve the production and productivity of their farms.

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Pages: 12-17

Cite this Article: ABOAJAH F.N., EJECHI M.E., ADEYONGU S.K., VIASHIMA S.S, MUOGBO B.C. , "GENDER ROLES AMONG CASSAVA PRODUCING RURAL HOUSEHOLDS UNDER GROWTH ENHANCEMENT SUPPORT SCHEME (GESS) IN BENUE STATE, NIGERIA", Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Science (JAEES), http://www.JAEES.org/online-papers-publishing/Apr2018, Volume 3 - Issue 1, April 2018 Edition, 12-17 #JAEES


MARKETING EFFICIENCY OF RETAILERS AND WHOLESALERS OF PROCESSED CASSAVA PRODUCTS IN IMO STATE, NIGERIA

Authors: OKEREAFOR V.U., AYE G.C., EZIHE J.A.C.

Abstracts: This study analysed the marketing efficiency of retailers and wholesalers of processed cassava products in Imo State, Nigeria. A total of 269 marketers were selected for the study using simple random technique. Primary data were collected through the administration of structured questionnaire. The analytical tools employed were simple descriptive statistics and stochastic frontier profit function. The results revealed that mean age of the marketers was 36.44 years and processed cassava marketing is dominated by females (65.8%) in the study area. Also marketers had mean household size of 6, mean years of schooling (education) of 8.6 years and mean agricultural marketing experience of 8.9 years. The overall mean efficiency for the marketers is 0.1864 with retailers having 0.1849 and wholesalers having 0.1887. With a high p-value of 0.868, the null hypothesis of no significant difference between the marketing efficiency of retailers and wholesalers was not rejected. Age, household size, education and credit had positive and significant effect on inefficiency while gender had a significant negative effect. Based on the findings of the study, timely and adequate provision of credit facilities, enabling policies to enhance access to quality education as well as youth empowerment programmes and policies for promoting marketing efficiency were recommended.

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Pages: 131-145

Cite this Article: OKEREAFOR V.U., AYE G.C., EZIHE J.A.C. , "MARKETING EFFICIENCY OF RETAILERS AND WHOLESALERS OF PROCESSED CASSAVA PRODUCTS IN IMO STATE, NIGERIA", Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Science (JAEES), http://www.JAEES.org/online-papers-publishing/Apr2018, Volume 3 - Issue 1, April 2018 Edition, 131-145 #JAEES


PROFIT EFFICIENCY IN SESAME PRODUCTION IN BENUE STATE, NIGERIA

Authors: IORLAMEN T.R., TSUE P.T., OGAH M.O.

Abstracts: The study analysed profit efficiency of in sesame production in Benue State, Nigeria. Multistage sampling technique was used to select 240 respondents. Data were obtained using questionnaire and analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. It was found that; the mean gross margin of sesame farmers was N80,364.41 per hectare. The mean profit efficiency of farmers was 0.59. Age (0.17), farming experience (0.32), education (0.83), membership of association (3.06) and household size (0.19) significantly (p < 0.01) decreased profit efficiency. Climatic factors and inadequate resources were problem militating sesame Production. It was recommended that, farmers should be encouraged to invest into sesame farming for its economic value and profitability.

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Pages: 168-176

Cite this Article: IORLAMEN T.R., TSUE P.T., OGAH M.O. , "PROFIT EFFICIENCY IN SESAME PRODUCTION IN BENUE STATE, NIGERIA", Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Science (JAEES), http://www.JAEES.org/online-papers-publishing/Apr2018, Volume 3 - Issue 1, April 2018 Edition, 131-145 #JAEES


PROFITABILITY ANALYSIS OF SELECTED SMALL SCALE BROILER PRODUCTION ENTERPRISE IN BENUE STATE NIGERIA

Authors: AYILA V.N., OCHOLI A., IHEANACHO A.C.

Abstracts: This study analyzed the profitability of small-scale broiler production enterprise in Benue State, Nigeria. Purposive and simple random sampling technique were employed to select 205 respondents during the 2015 and 2016 session. The data for the study were obtained using structured questionnaire. Descriptive and inferential statistics such as gross margin analysis were used to achieve the objectives of this study. Result indicated that an average broiler farmer was 36.67 years old and had six family members. The farmer had six years of experience, had no access to extension services. Small-scale broiler production was profitable with a gross margin per bird of (N182.8). Cost of feed constituted the major variable cost which accounted for 58.6% of the total production process. High costs of feed, inadequate fund and disease control were the major constraints that are faced by farmers. The study recommended that credit should be made available to broiler farmers by both private and public financial institutions at low interests rates to enhance increase in flock size.

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Pages: 1-11

Cite this Article: AYILA V.N., OCHOLI A., IHEANACHO A.C. , "PROFITABILITY ANALYSIS OF SELECTED SMALL SCALE BROILER PRODUCTION ENTERPRISE IN BENUE STATE NIGERIA", Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Science (JAEES), http://www.JAEES.org/online-papers-publishing/Apr2018, Volume 3 - Issue 1, April 2018 Edition, 1-11 #JAEES


SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS AND PROSPECTS FOR EMPOWERING YOUTHS IN RUBBER PRODUCTION IN DELTA STATE NIGERIA

Authors: IMARHIAGBE P., MUSA E., MUSA S.O.

Abstracts: The study was carried out to assess the socio-economic characteristics and prospects for empowering Youths in rubber production in Delta State, Nigeria. Purposive and multi-stage random sampling techniques were used to select 240 farmers as respondents for the study. Data collected with the aid of structured questionnaire were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistical tools like frequency, percentages and multiple regression analysis. The study revealed that all the farmers were males, with a mean age of 56 years and farming experience of 17 years. Results also showed that the farmers have a mean farm size of 2.3 hectares. Respondents' level of awareness of rubber technologies was found to be high; however, their adoption level was low. Some of the reasons given for low adoption include inadequate credit, unavailability of planting materials, inadequate extension contact. Promotion of various smallholder rubber income sources such as intercrop and mini-livestock production can lead to higher total house hold income to finance the purchase of farm inputs and hire labour.

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Pages: 63-71

Cite this Article: IMARHIAGBE P., MUSA E., MUSA S.O. , "SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS AND PROSPECTS FOR EMPOWERING YOUTHS IN RUBBER PRODUCTION IN DELTA STATE NIGERIA", Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Science (JAEES), http://www.JAEES.org/online-papers-publishing/Apr2018, Volume 3 - Issue 1, April 2018 Edition, 63-71 #JAEES


URBAN AGRICULTURE AS A MEASURE OF ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT IN MAKURDI LGA OF BENUE STATE, NIGERIA.

Authors: IORLAMEN T.R., TSUE P.T., ADOGA T.

Abstracts: The study assessed urban agriculture as a measure of economic empowerment in Makurdi local government area of Benue state. A two-stage simple random sampling technique was adopted to collect data from 120 respondents. Descriptive and inferential statistics were employed to analyze data. The result revealed that both groups had higher percentages of males. Marital status and household size = 7 was higher for those who practice urban agriculture; most in urban agriculture were involved in maize and poultry production. No significant difference was found to exist in the income of those involved in urban agriculture and those who are not involved. Result revealed that production was mainly targeted for food sufficiency and income generation. It was recommended that urban dwellers should get involved in urban agriculture for food sufficiency and income generation for the household.

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Pages: 72-79

Cite this Article: IORLAMEN T.R., TSUE P.T., ADOGA T. , "URBAN AGRICULTURE AS A MEASURE OF ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT IN MAKURDI LGA OF BENUE STATE, NIGERIA.", Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Science (JAEES), http://www.JAEES.org/online-papers-publishing/Apr2018, Volume 3 - Issue 1, April 2018 Edition, 72-79 #JAEES


ADOPTION AND UTILIZATION OF MODERN RICE PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY PACKAGES AMONG SMALL-SCALE RICE PRODUCERS IN EBONYI STATE, NIGERIA

Authors: OBINNA L.O., NZEAKOR F.C.

Abstracts: The study assessed the adoption and utilization of modern – rice processing technology packages among rice producers in Ebonyi State. Primary data were generated using structured questionnaire. Multi- stage sampling technique was used in selecting 120 respondents. Descriptive statistics and Z-Test analysis were used in analyzing the data. Results revealed that the mean age was 40 years, 58.3% of the respondents were males while 41.67% were females. Results further revealed that 83.3% of the respondents were married, while 8.3% were single. About 16.7% of the respondents had no formal education and about 83.3% were literates. The mean household size was 6 persons/ household. Results further revealed that the respondents had low level (X=2.53) of adoption of modern rice processing technology packages, and revealed not very high extent (X=2.03) in the utilization of modern rice processing technology packages The study therefore recommends that the Ebonyi State ADP should intensity awareness creation and dissemination of the modern rice processing technology packages. to all rice producers in Ebonyi State.

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Pages: 97-110

Cite this Article: OBINNA L.O., NZEAKOR F.C. , "ADOPTION AND UTILIZATION OF MODERN RICE PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY PACKAGES AMONG SMALL-SCALE RICE PRODUCERS IN EBONYI STATE, NIGERIA", Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Science (JAEES), http://www.JAEES.org/online-papers-publishing/Apr2018, Volume 3 - Issue 1, April 2018 Edition, 97-110 #JAEES